Teeters helps Tigers triumph

Sophomore goalie's clutch plays key in Towson's rally

March 07, 2010|By Katherine Dunn | katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

To find the catalyst for Towson's second-half dominance against Loyola's women's lacrosse team Saturday, you had to look far from the Tigers' attack.

Goalie Mary Teeters made several critical plays through the middle of the second half to keep the No. 17 Tigers rolling to a 14-10 victory over No. 9 Loyola at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.

After trailing by three goals late in the first half, Towson (2-0) emerged from the break with free-position goals by Nikki Marcinik and Jess Dunn to take a 9-8 lead.

Teeters, a Centennial graduate who finished with eight saves, then fueled the momentum with a couple of highlight-reel efforts. First, the sophomore won a footrace to the end line, taking possession after Loyola's Joanna Dalton shot wide. That proved a key possession, because less than a minute later, Jackie LaMonica boosted the Tigers' lead to 10-8.

Two minutes after that, Teeters made a point-blank save against Meg Decker, coming around the back of the crease, looking high but finding only Teeters' crosse.

Teeters then set the Tigers off in transition, and Hillary Fratzke found Ashley Waldron for an 11-8 lead with 22:12 left.

"Mary definitely held us up," Tigers defender Megan Mullis said. "She made huge plays when it really counted and she got that momentum for the attack."

With about 10 minutes left, Teeters made a terrific save on Grace Gavin's free-position shot, snuffing out Loyola's last chance to swing the momentum.

"She did a good job of kind of leaving a space open, knowing that you would shoot there. She baited us," Loyola midfielder Emily Gibson said.

Waldron's transition goal capped a 7-1 run that began with consecutive goals from Fratzke, Steph Taylor and Dunn to tie at 7 with 2:51 left in the first half before Decker's spinner gave the Greyhounds an 8-7 edge going into the break.

The Tigers adjusted their offense to spread out more in the second half and that helped them move the ball better. Loyola (2-3) couldn't put much of a dent in Towson's surge, hurt in part by 15 fouls and 11 turnovers in the half.

"We struggle with consistency," said Gavin, noting Loyola's win over Virginia was followed 11 days later by an overtime loss at Denver. "In practice it clicks. Everyone says, 'Practice like you play,' [but] we need to play like we practice."

Gavin fed Caroline Hager to pull within 12-10 with 18:21 to go, but Fratzke, a red-shirt senior coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, answered with a free-position goal before Waldron made it 14-10.

Teeters then saved a Gavin free-position shot and the Tigers stalled away most of the final six minutes.

"It's a great win for us, especially in this area where lacrosse is so big," said Tigers seventh-year coach Missy Doherty, whose team trails the series 28-9. "Each school - Maryland, UMBC, Towson, Loyola - you're always trying to make your way, not just in the nation but in this area. When I first got here, this is where we wanted to be, able to play with teams like Loyola and Hopkins."

Having already beaten UMBC, the Tigers try to continue their local dominance at Johns Hopkins Wednesday at 4 p.m. Towson 7 7 - 14Loyola 8 2 - 10Goals: T-Fratzke 5, Waldron 3, LeMonica 2, Dunn 2, Marcinik, Taylor; L-Gavin 3, Decker 2, E.Gibson, Rehfuss, Dalton, M.Heneberry, Hager. Assists: T-Fratzke, Kendall; L-Gavin, E.Gibson, Rehfuss. Saves: T-Teeters 8; L-Stoothoff 10; Steffe 2.

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